2 Macha

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Forms: Maichi

npr. f. one of the three war-goddesses of the Tuatha D.D., daughter of Ernmas and sister of Badb and Morrígu (sometimes identified with the former). tri ingena . . . oc Ernmais .i. Badb ┐ M.¤ ┐ Mórrigu, LL 10a42 . Maucha ingen Ernmóiss, RC xii 100 § 133. Badhbh Mácha ┐ Móirríoghan a dtrí baindée (sc. of the Tuatha D.D.), Keat. i p. 218 . g s. fri morbuaid Maichi (Mache LU), TBC² 1027. mian Macha, 3472 = TBC 5799. ? Cræbruad Concob[air] . . . asa tegedh macha imach, IT iii 47 § 79 , cf. 20 § 57.

Also interpreted as a royston crow: machæ .i. badb no asi an tres morrigan, unde mesrad Machæ .i. cendæ doine iarna n-airlech, O'Mulc. 813 = maiche .i. bodb . . . unde mesrad maiche, H. 3. 18 p. 82b ( O'C. 150 ). Macha .i. badhb no fean- nóg, O'Cl. mach (macha) `a Royston crow or rather a magpie', P.O'C.